Style: Dancehall/Reggae/Hip Hop MC
Real Name: Tanya Dyer
From: Grey Lynn, Auckland, Aotearoa
- Born and raised in Auckland City, Tanya Dyer spent her earliest years exposed to ‘Sound System culture’, and live bands through her parents involvement in the Rastafarian movement during the eighties.
- At 17 she recorded her first single “Hook Up” in collaboration with Darcelle “Lioness” Beach for Jah Remnant Records. The single went on to win radio station Mai Fm’s, “Rhythm Nation”. Soon after, Dyer was performing with Lioness and other childhood Hip Hop and Reggae heads throughout the city.
- Dyer then tried her hand at a regular hosting gig for Batucada Sound Machine in 2006 but soon met up with Hip Hop producer DJ Furious. Silva’s first solo gig of originals with Furious was supporting the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw at Auckland’s Galatos. The pair went on to support other NZ acts such as Ladi6, and House of Shem. After two years of touring and beat-making, Furious and Silva went their separate ways, as Silva was looking to grow into more than just a Hip Hop artist, but a reggae artist too.
- Miss Dyer continued to play live in and outside the city for the next 3 years with DJ Art Official, supporting acts like the Black Seeds, Earl Gateshead, Mungos Hi Fi, Deadly Hunta and DJ Skits. It was during this time she finally decided to start working on her debut. “Turning writtens from an old notebook into your first album isn’t easy” Silva says, but she’s doing it, and she’s seen others do it. Silva has had the privilege of touring with one of NZ’s favorites, and as close friend and mentor, Ladi6 is a great example of what it takes to break stereotypes as a female in hip hop. “Ladi helped me realize the realness, and understand its ok to be who you are, in fact, thats the only thing thats gonna get you respect”.
- As for her live show? Silva and the Iron Hammers band (Iron Will, Steve Selecto, Tafari, Faletasi and Jah Red Lion) have been together since July 2010. The genius collaboration between producer Iron Will, and SilvaMC has proven to be unstoppable in the underground reggae/hip hop scene in New Zealand. Together, they have shown their ability to deliver a fresh, international approach to the mashing up of Reggae,Dancehall and Hip Hop, consistently, and consciously. All the while, staying true to Silva’s Jamaican/Samoan roots.
- Silva and Iron Will are in the final stages of their yet to be named debut album, which includes the single “Here We Go Again”.
- The secret to the band’s success so far is their live performance. Silva’s ability to ’warm up the crowd’ quickly gets them gathered, and moving on the dance floor by the end of the first song.
- Although reggae/roots is the foundation of the band’s sound, Hip Hop and dancehall have a huge influence, thus allowing Silva’s talents to truly shine, providing masses with the ultimate SilvaMC experience.